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Maharaja Mansingh Worshipping Devi - Watercolour on Paper - Artist
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Dimensions: 11.5 inches X 15.8 inches

Hindu Paintings & Artwork | Paintings of Hindu Gods & Goddesses
Watercolour on Paper - Artist: Kailash Raj
This large size miniature, measuring 38 x 28.5 cm., portrays Maharaja Mansingh of Jodhpur worshipping the twenty-armed Devi. Mansingh who obtained Jodhpur's throne in 1803 - something considered completely improbable, under the prophecy of Ayas Devnath, the head priest of Nath sect at Jalor, where Mansingh was hiding, was a staunch devotee of Ayas Devnath and follower of the Nath sect till his death in 1843. After the death of Bijay Singh in 1793, Bhim Singh usurped the throne of Jodhpur. Some of the contenders to the throne, including Bijay Singh's eldest son and the heir-apparent, Zalam Singh, were forced to flee and others were murdered. Mansingh had rushed to Jalor and was hiding at Jalor fort. In 1803, on hearing that Mansingh was hiding there, Bhim Singh sent him orders to surrender. At this critical juncture Ayas Devnath, who he visited to seek guidance, announced that before Diwali - Indian festival of light, Mansingh would become the Maharaja of Jodhpur. The prophecy worked, and quite in advance to Diwali Bhim Singh died. Mansingh was the lone contender to Jodhpur throne. Jodhpur's Thakurs - nobles, asked him to reach Jodhpur and take over. This deeply influenced Mansingh and he decided to rule the state in the name of his mentor and brought him and his four brothers to Jodhpur, built for him a huge temple complex with residence and allotted many villages. Ayas Devnath, his spiritual teacher, was also his political guide. With this frame of mind - widely known and accepted by historians, a painting portraying Mansingh worshipping Devi is something unique and gives his personality absolutely new dimensions. Though a contemporary work, Mansingh's portrait corresponds, in each and every detail - broadest and minutest, to his contemporary portraits, and

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